European Commission is inviting proposals for Fight against Organised Environmental Crime.
- Environmental crime breaches environmental legislation and causes significant harm or risk to the environment, climate and/or human health.
- Environmental crime is highly lucrative, but the sanctions are low, and it is often harder to detect than more traditional forms of organised crime.
- These factors also make it highly attractive for organised crime groups.
- These crimes present a high risk for the environment, climate and health, and are very harmful to society as a whole.
- The extent of the problem is clearly demonstrated by waste trafficking, which is characterised by the clear interconnection between criminal actors and legal businesses.
Grant amount is equal to or greater than EUR 500 000 except for:
- public bodies (entities established as a public body under national law, including local, regional or national authorities) or international organisations; and
- cases where the individual requested grant amount is not more than EUR 60 000 (lowvalue grant).
Projects’ results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following outcomes:
- Improved intelligence picture of organised environmental crime in Europe, modus operandi of such criminal organisations, both offline and online;
- Improved tools and innovative training curricula for European Police Authorities and Border Guards Authorities, validated against practitioners’ needs and requirements, to help them tackle criminal activities related to environmental crime, supported by advanced digital technologies and including the lawful court-proof collection of crime evidence as well as environmental crime statistics;
- Improved cooperation between European Police Authorities, Border Guards Authorities and other national Authorities involved in tackling this form of crime, including on goods not released for free circulation (e.g. in transit, warehousing etc.);
- Improved cooperation with third countries and international actors involved in the fight against environmental crime;
- Enhanced ability of security practitioners to identify and prevent emergent and existing organised crime networks involved in environmental crime;
- Increased ability of public services to detect places of illegal waste storage;
- Improved shaping and tuning of regulation related to the fight against environmental crime by security policy.
- Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
- A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions;
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
- eligible non-EU countries:
- countries associated to Horizon Europe
- low- and middle-income countries
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